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be a couple of scenarios planned out. this may completely go way, or we could have the rank choice boating, from what this is now. if we would approve this extension, how will we deal with this? we can turn off the module but if we tweak the system, how would we be able to manage this if we approve the contracts -- >> we have the existing agreement with the vendor, to provide the choice, and if the contract is expiring, i don't know if we can continue with
redeveloping with the process at the state and federal level, to bring this to the city for us to use this. we can have the contract in place to modify, which would potentially limit the motivation for the vendor to make these changes. >> with regards to the machines that we currently have, they are certified for us to run the election results. if we had to purchase a new system, we would have potentially higher standards that -- than currently exist. >> the current system is the 2002 standard, this was when the testing requirements took place. i think by the time they
announced this -- this takes care of the testing for the voting systems. and now this is the 2005 standard. this system would not pass the testing requirements. we will not purchase our own system back. we would not have the earlier testing cert. the 2007 requirements, this has not gone into testing or even -- we're looking in a situation where this system -- this is certified with the older standards but we have the current agreement with the vendor that will let us make some changes to the system. >> supervisor? >> i just want to make this very
clear. if, the voting is no longer utilized in the voting process and we turn this off with the machines, is there a potential reduction in the contracts in the future? >> there is a $70,000 license fee that we pay, annually, and if rank-choice voting goes away, we would not pay $70,000 for 2012. the other costs are not dependent on this, and so, they identify specifically now. >> there is the wrong choice component with the dominion? >> we pay up front, to bring
this component into the system. >> only dominion is able to work with what we have now. >> the only software license that they have. this was the first vendor in san francisco that ran this by now they do not do rank choice anymore. >> thank you. let's go to the budget analysts report. >> on page 5 of our report, under the first alternative, to extend the existing agreement by two years, the total cost will be $2 million, and similarly under the second alternative, to extend the agreement by five years.
the recommendation is detailed on pages 7 and 8, and the recommendations do not consider the impact of the pending rank choice charter amendment. we recommend that you approve the first alternative, with the recommendations that were made on page 7. to extend the agreement through two years. we consider the approval of the second alternative, with the recommended agreement on page 8 of the report, to extend this by a total of five years to december 10, 2016. we consider this to be a policy decision because these did not provide for the additional agreement. >> thank you. let's open this item for public comment.
and other members of the public who wish to speak on item number 10? public comment is closed. the item has heard public comment and is now before us. >> before coming into the budget committee i was going to request an amendment, for one of these extensions but after hearing this, i feel comfortable presenting the 21-year extensions. i understand the rationale with the equipment having been purchased, to extend this three years but i would like the flexibility of coming back to the budget committee, knowing what will happen so we have all the alternatives open to us. i would like to hear from my colleagues about how they would like to move forward. >> i appreciate these comments. i do think that your recommendation is a good one.
we should exercise this option. given the large investment in the equipment, and depending on what the system looks like in the future, we would like to make certain that we keep this investment, and we're not finding a new system if we don't need to. i don't think it hurts to have this item come back to us once we have a little bit more certainty about the voting, and with the requirements may look like if there are any changes. i would support moving forward with the two years, and this option to go forward and holding off on the decision with the additional three years. >> and is there any additional comment? >> do we have the motion to accept the recommendation, at least the first recommendation to exercise these options? >> there are several technical
amendments that we have made, and they are all listed on page 7 of the report. >> just to articulate what these are, regarding the proposed amendment, to amend the proposed resolutions title, for an amount not to exceed -- and to extend the contract through 2016, to oppose this -- to replace this language for an amount not to exceed -- to extend the term of the contract and it indicates to amend the resolution on page one, at a cost of 2.26, with the exact value of 2.264. and can we take this without objection? the amendments?
>> this is the first in the market. it is a city that has a number of challenges, despite -- in terms of -- despite it being a strong real-estate market, as strong economy in terms of businesses. there are neighborhoods that have real challenges here, so today, we're going to hear from a year lee as well as from supervisor jane kim, in context to the city that is hosting us today. i am going to introduce mr. henderson, a president, who will give some opening remarks and introduce the mayor. thank you. [applause]
>> ok, so we will let you behind the curtain. the mayor is a few blocks away, so i am going to talk extra slow. [laughter] you know, when you invite people in political office, they have a lot more to do rather than speak to folks from across the country who really think this is a great opportunity, and we have always had great welcoming, and we appreciate the may for joining us, and when he comes in, i will introduce him, and in the meantime, i would do some song and dance -- and we appreciate the mayor joining us. it is really an exciting opportunity for us. we do not do this as a routine matter for the other areas of focus. we do not have an annual event with our grantees or our arts
and culture grantees. but we do do another. many of you were with us when we call this the community revitalization program and have been with us during the switch to a more economic focus. that switch to a more economic focus, for those of you who do not spend all of your time thinking about this, i will provide a little bit of context. this was really because we change more broadly for the foundation of communities, and we understand the economy was an important piece of that, as was an virus, as was culture, and we really want as we do this to look for this, and that is why we have spent -- it is really hard to get the staff to appear all in the same place at the same time. i can guarantee you, to have all of them fly across the continent to be here in san francisco to meet all of you and to learn not only about your work but to be
thinking about how the work that you are doing in communities every day, the work that you are doing to stimulate economic opportunity to create connections, particularly among low-income folks, to opportunity over the long haul, the folks from our culture program and the folks from our sustainable program, are trustees are looking at that through the lens of how that affects what i am doing it and my expertise, so this is very rewarding for all of us, and i want to repeat what sean said, and that is to thank you very much both for coming to spend a few days with each other, not so much with us but with each other, and we do hope you will let us know how valuable this time is, whether valuable or not valuable, because ultimately, we are doing this for you, not for us, but we also benefit enormously from being in your presence, and we
want to thank you for taking the time to get us learn, as well, and we want to say a quick word of thanks for the actual work that you do, because we identify areas of interest. we identified areas of focus, and we have some ideas, but ultimately, any success we have in impacting the issues we care about is completely dependent on the skills and the leadership and creativity and the really hard work that all of you do, so we want to say thank you from the foundation's point of view for being such terrific and innovative and effective leaders, and it was great. i like the shout out. i know you did not plan that, but having you all identify where you are from is an example of the pride in where you live but also a demonstration of the breadth of the sort of geographic region of the grantees. we are a national funder based in new york city.
we try to balance the work in communities, the investments we make and work that is happening in real communities in the u.s. with a national perspective, with work at the policy and network an idea moving level, because we really believe it is that kind of activity between the real work happening on the ground and the actions happening at this sort of national and regional areas that makes real change happen. what else can i say that will interest you while we wait for a couple of extra blocks? [laughter] i want to say something about the program. this is kind of interesting, and i saw brent earlier today, and he is with a former employer of mine, and what i learned was the importance of good programming at an event like this, and one of the ideas we had at the marshall five years ago was the idea of doing sessions late at night, because after a long
day's work, after a dinner, after thinking hard all day, you all just want to go to bed, but what we found is that people like to stay up late and talk about issues, said tomorrow night, we have our first experiment with what we are calling the night our experience, -- night owl experience, and one person will be talking about some of the work we are doing in a different way of looking at success. i have seen the mayor just appear here, and i am going to do this crazy thing where a person from maplewood new jersey and who works is going to welcome the mayor to a meeting in his own town, but it is really terrific to have edwin lee join us. it is good anytime you are running a big city like this. i think you know that when major
league took over, -- when mayor lee to go when gavin newsom was appointed -- sorry. he was elected to statewide office as the number two person in the government of california. i think many of us met gavin newsom and was impressed by his leadership. it is good to have the newly- elected mayor with us, it elected a few days ago as the first chinese-american mayor of the city. a great city. many of us do not get here as often as we like. we are often in awe of this place. i think what he brings to the city is an important thing in the time of this city's growth, and as sean said, as all big city in america does, we have pockets of poverty, pockets of
trouble, and i think the mayor is really looking at this with fresh eyes, and it is terrific to welcome you. [applause] >> thank you. well, thank you very much. it is my pleasure to be here. philip, thank you for that introduction, and as many of you may have heard, we just had a recent election here, the voters have asked us to step up for another four years. i do not know if you know this -- i have been a very reluctant politician. i think the real story is that i would never have been in the position i am in today of my cell phone had not worked in hong kong. [laughter] literally a year ago. but it is a government and a city i have had the pleasure of working in for the last 22
years. it has been a wonderful experience to do this public service. i also do not know if you know a little bit of my history. i used to not really like government. [laughter] in fact, i sued san francisco three times before i worked for it. led a rent strike back in my earlier years as an attorney, right out of berkeley. [applause] i hope those years are over, but you really still have to change government, even if you work for it. you still have to pretty much needed change, and that is what i am prepared to do. i do need that change. i think we all need this changes in our city and make sure it is serving and deliberate things and making sure it is really representing our people. i still feel that way. i felt all along -- the last
lawsuit we did was against the fire department, and we ended up with a 10-year consent decree. one of the nice things i was able to talk about during the campaign but even before the campaign started was just being very prideful to be able to serve alongside the first female fire chief in the history of san francisco and knowing -- and knowing -- [applause] thank you. that is good. and knowing that she came from the very first classes we created after we sued them and knowing that you did the right thing then and, gosh, you know, 22 years later, you are literally serving with the people that you knew were qualified but did not have the chance to serve government. my approach to now running this government is to also change the way we do things. it should not surprise you back my back of the and in housing, we are really going to do a lot more housing development, but very differently. we are not going to be begging as much, i think, about
resources. we are going to actually be able to put resources together and put different funding things together. it is an excitement that i know a lot of people who work with me in the communities for many years had expected that someone who is not as political as may be past mayors gets to do something from the heart but also something relief from the community. i wanted to talk to you tonight about something that i felt was one of the best programs ever put together by my predecessor, but it is something i inherited, and that was hope sf. it is a public/private partnership. i know all of you are seeking some of the best ways you can do this, and know this -- and i will say this over and over again -- those of you who have good community work and want to do good housing and want to build good neighborhoods in san francisco, you will find in there that will welcome public/private partnerships. as we know, we cannot do it alone.
government is sometimes the worst answer. you know you are in trouble when the government is proposing some solution, but i think that the solutions are in public/private partnerships, and that is why the foundations that you are representing and the experiences you have in the communities are so valuable because we can really be good partners if you continue advocating, if you continue prodding people who work in the government and hold us accountable to the things that we said that we were promised to do. with us in san francisco, we learned very quickly about the great program that was had back in the early hud days. i talk in the past since because i predict they will not be around in the future. they have been chopped off at the knees so much. but we learned that we can actually take a program, redefined it a bit, and then build it from the community perspective so that hope sf is
our hope to our public housing residents. for us, it, it's in some of -- eight of our worst housing developments of the city and it is an investment from our city. we have under mayor newsom invested $95 million of our own money not to just read build the housing, but to give it the spirit in which people wanted their lives, living along side of the people in mixed income. so we are rebuilding those communities, not just the physical part of the buildings, but in mixed views, mixed income developments. in developments where the residents actually participate in the design and building of those developments and they are actually trained. as we recently received a grant for $30.5 million, when we demonstrated that, residents of
alice griffith, in one of the worst housing developments, we demonstrated to the brookings institute, we demonstrated to the urban institute, we demonstrated to hud that residents can help us build their own housing and stay there on-site when we rebuild it so that we would not do this old redevelopment move of pushing people off and then they would never be able to come back. they get to rebuild that housing themselves, and we spent part of that $95 million commitment training them to evolve with the skill sets needed to have not only the jobs on that project but when it becomes the mixed income project that we desire it to be, those jobs that they have will be sustainable for the rest of their lives. we ought to make sure that their lives do not go back. so we are looking at public/private partnerships that not only transformed a physical nature of the housing but also those very lives that i think
are the real essence of your worked is the transformation of lives and the transformation of whole neighborhoods. that is what we want to do in san francisco. that is what basically i was born to do. when i went to law school, i took a different route. all my friends -- at least a lot of the friends that i knew -- had interviewed for corporate jobs. i just wanted to go work in chinatown. i wanted to talk with immigrants. i wanted to speak in chinese. i wanted to get them off of their fear of law and be able to understand in their own language what they were offered in this new country that they fought so hard to get to and that they could actually withhold their rent because they were paying for decent housing -- not for some basement hole in the wall with no heat and hot water. and i know supervisor kin -- kim just walked in.
she and are working alongside many of the other supervisors. the district she works in is really exciting because we see the public/private partnerships already working when we both got together and talk to a company called twitter. not only did we talk to them in terms of them being a company that potentially would have a lot of money. we also talked to them about what community benefits agreements that they could be part up. when they move in to mid-market, how they could be transformed it in their jobs, in the people that they hired, and in fact in the very building they are rehabilitating on 10th and market, and how the bankers to what we're trying to do in transforming the lives of people who live in the tenderloin and mid-market for many years. our hope sf is an example of what we're doing to transform lives, but that is not the only one wanted to talk to you about tonight because it does represent a lot of years of eve
of meant of having done -- of evolvement of having lived people out of their neighborhoods and realizing that a city cannot do that and try to sustain themselves. we have to rebuild our neighborhoods. we have to rebuild lives in those neighborhoods in order to do it right. that is what we're doing not only in the bayview-hunt is. , nudelman in alice griffith, but in mid-market, the tenderloin, that is what we desire to do. certainly in my administration, we will do this the right way, but we will depend a lot on what you are learning here in these next days. public/private partnerships are invaluable, and you have got to help us. you have got to tell us, remind us how we do it better, and you have got to make sure we are adhering to and being accountable to our neighborhoods. i know that people in government -- all my colleagues will listen to that and develop projects, even if they are just
so we're projects. even some of the projects that you would think our basic infrastructure projects like the ones we're doing with our puc. the head engineer and deputy at our public utilities commission is here. they are redoing the store lines. but what the puc did very smartly -- that is where all our day laborers work day in and day out. that is where they try to get jobs. when you go through that, let's work with the day laborers. let's also redesigned that st. so that you can use the storm water to make sure that we can have landscaping that captures the storm water. then, let's design parklets all along the street so that the community can take care of the streets and not consider them to be another highway that nobody
takes care of. all of that got into the whole design of just the sewer replacement of a major street, and now, it is becoming a neighborhood-designed liveable park looks full of people, including our daily burris, working together to maintain, as we get the infrastructure done, we will leave that in a 10 times better place with the community even more tighter together. so that is how we do projects and that is how you will find a mayor who has been at the home of d p w -- helm of dpw but also the human rights commission making sure that we do the right things and that we work with people and that people always come first. with that, i thank you very much for your days here and i hope you have a great conference. thank you. [applause]